The production restart date for the Chevy Blazer crossover has been pushed back to September 20th, two weeks later than originally planned. The production delay is a result of the ongoing global microchip shortage.
As GM Authority reported previously, production of the Chevy Blazer was offline in August, and was originally scheduled to restart September 6th. However, per a recent report from Reuters, production of the Chevy Blazer at GM’s Ramos Arizpe facility in Mexico will be down for an additional two weeks. Meanwhile, production of the Chevy Equinox at the Ramos Arizpe facility will be offline through the week of September 27th, a week later than originally scheduled. Production of the Chevy Equinox has been offline since August 16th.
As reported last month, Chevy Blazer inventory has been less-than-optimal throughout the 2021 calendar year, running at eight days of supply as of the first week of August. Back in September of 2020, GM Authority reported that Chevy Blazer supply was running at 28 days of supply, a figure repeated in January of 2021. Supply fell shortly thereafter, dipping to 12 days of supply by July.
Chevy Blazer sales are down for the first half of the 2021 calendar year, falling 5 percent year-to-date compared to the 2020 calendar year.
Sales Numbers - Midsize & Full-Size Mainstream Crossovers - H1 2021 - United States
|MODEL||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20||YTD 21 SHARE||YTD 20 SHARE|
|JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE||+11.94%||107,924||96,409||10%||11%|
|HYUNDAI SANTA FE||+45.32%||63,110||43,429||6%||5%|
In total, General Motors has announced stoppages at eight of its North American production facilities. In addition to GM’s Ramos Arizpe facility in Mexico, the latest round of delays also affect the GM Lansing Delta Township facility in Michigan, the GM Spring Hill facility in Tennessee, the GM Wentzville facility in Missouri, the GM Fort Wayne facility in Indiana, the San Luis Potosí facility in Mexico, the Silao facility in Mexico, and CAMI Assembly in Canada.
As a result, production of several different GM vehicles has been idled, including not only the Chevy Blazer and Chevy Equinox, but also the Chevy Traverse and Buick Enclave, the Cadillac XT5, XT6, and GMC Acadia, the GMC Terrain, and the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, as GM Authority has covered previously.